Tools & Aids

Last updated on 03-25-2014
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Games

  • General Brain Games:
    Lumosity
    Lumosity.com offers brain training exercises that work. Regardless of your age, Lumosity can make you smarter and more mentally fit.

    Parade Magazine Games
    Online and PC/Mac Games! Play arcade games, strategy games, word games, card games, and more!

  • Word Games:
    Pogo
    Play Over 100 Free Online Games! Puzzle games, board games, card games, word games, casino games, arcade games, cash games, Club Pogo games, and more!
  • Jigsaw Puzzles & Slide Puzzles:
    JigZone
    An online Jigsaw Puzzle where you choose the level of difficulty from a simple 6-piece cut to a challenging 247-piece cut!

    Creative Puzzle Games
    Jigsaw puzzles and other puzzle games in a Creative design!

  • Fun, Yet Stimulating Quizzes:
    Sporcle
    A web site and mobile application that provides fun and addictive quizzes. Games range from trivial diversions to educational study guides.
  • Typing Games:
    Free Typing Game
    The premier site to play free typing games, lessons and tests!
  • Logic Puzzles:
    PuzzlersParadise
    Entertain your mind with their collection of challenging logic puzzles and word games for enthusiasts of all ages. Put on your thinking cap and get puzzling!
  • Rush Hour Traffic Jam Puzzle:
    Rush Hour®
    Your goal is to drive your red car out of the playing grid and escape to freedom!
  • Visual & Memory Exercises:
    Eye Can Learn
    Improve your Visual Information Process Skills: Perception, Tracking, Focusing, and Eye Teaming!
  • Memory games:
    Brain Workshop
    Brain Workshop is a free open-source version of the dual n-back brain training exercise that can improve memory and intelligence.

    Memory-Improvement-Tips Brain Games
    Training your brain with free online brain games is a fun way to improve your memory, concentration, and other brain skills. There are now over 200 free brain training games on this site.

    MindDabble
    Install the MindDabble toolbar and play fun games to sharpen your brain!

    Simon
    Try to keep up with the color pattern sequence for as many levels as you can!

Hardware & Software

  • A New App for a Popular Device
    The iPad is redefining mobile computing, but at Shepherd Center it's also helping people communicate after stroke or brain injury. Since its debut in early 2010, Apple's iPad has quickly become a household name. In fact, this sleek machine is on pace to become the most popular mobile device in history. Only half an inch thick, it's lightweight and has a definite "cool" factor. Read the full story in Shepherd's Spinal Column Fall 2011 issue (PDF).
  • Art-science project to rehabilitate brain injuries
    LONDON: The first virtual reality artwork for helping brain injury patients to better control their hand and arm movements has been successfully tested by Australian scientists.

    ELEMENTS is a 42-inch tabletop TV on which patients can paint, play games and mix sounds by gesturing with brightly coloured, soft plastic shapes. It complements existing rehabilitation therapy for people recovering from brain injury by providing a fun way to practice skills and continuous feedback on their progress. Read about this neat device!

  • brainline.org
    27 Life-Changing iPhone and iPad Apps for People with Brain Injury
    Revolutionary apps for simplifying everyday life with brain injury.
  • It's Done!
    This remarkable app for iPhone/iPad is helping TBI survivors quickly recall completion of everyday tasks, eliminating doubts such as: "Did I lock the door?" "Turn off the stove?" "Take my medication?"
    • It's Done! generates confirmation text or email to loved ones/caregivers when task is done.
    • It's Done! is praised by affiliates of the Brain Injury Association of America and TBI organizations in Australia, Canada, and the U.K.

    Said one TBI survivor, "It's Done! is more than just a helpful tool, it helps strengthen your memory while making sure everything gets done." The It's Done! app is available at the iTunes AppStore. Visit their website or their Facebook page.

Memory Books

View a sample Memory Book (PDF) created by RoseAnn Olson.

Memory Boards

Jennie's Memory BoardThis is similar to a Memory Book, but this has more of Jennie's favorite things. I think it provides a great conversation piece for therapists and friends. And it's good for the patient to see to remember some of his/her favorite things (restaurants, foods, drinks, color, finger nail polish, hair accessories, etc.). I got all of this information from Jennie's Facebook page, her friends, and her family. Once I had the information it was easy to get clip art from restaurants, soda companies, etc.

— RoseAnn Olson

Learn how to make a Memory Board for your loved one!

More Tools & Aids

  • Georgia's Assistive Technology Act Program (Tools for Life)
    (800) 497-8665
    Email: info@gatfl.org

    This is a program funded by a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (part of the Department of Education). Helps Georgians of all ages and disabilities have access to assistive technology services in order to live, learn, work, and play independently in communities of their choice.

    Tools for Life provides:

    • Lending libraries — Provides hands-on experience with equipment
    • Assistive technology demonstrations & trainings — Allows you to see how equipment works and to receive in depth training so you can make the right equipment choice
    • Helps you find a way to purchase equipement
      • Assists in locating funding sources for Assistive Technology devices and services
      • Has an Online Equipment Exchange Program
      • Credit-Able provides low-interest loans
  • Games, Flash Cards, and Workbooks
    The peg game is available at Cracker Barrel Restaurants. All others are available on Amazon.com (Click on an image below). Other great sources: School Box, Target, Wal-Mart, drug stores, and grocery stores.
    Peg Board Word Search Memory Flash Cards
    Handwriting: Printing Addition & Subtraction  Colors, Shapes & More
  • Nintendo DS
    Nintendo DS The DS System offers several games that are designed to exercise your brain. Nintendo DS and games are available at Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, or click on an image to go directly to Amazon.com.
Nintendo Brain Age Nintendo Book Worm Nintendo Flash Focus
Nintendo My Word Coach Nintendo Math Blaster Nintendo Scripps Spelling Bee
  • Nintendo Wii
    Wii Fit Plus
    The Wii is available at Target, Wal-Mart, and Amazon.com.
    • Physical Benefits: Blends exercise and physical activity with video games.
    • Neurological Benefits: Provides some neurological rehabilitation benefits for TBI patients.
    • Other Therapeutic Benefits: The Wii does not target weakness caused by the injury, but rather, provides motivation to the patient to continue therapy sessions.
  • Lumosity
    Lumosity
    www.lumosity.com

    Comprehensive brain training program that enhances brain health and performance using clinically validated tools designed by neuroscientists. Their users have reported profound benefits that include:
    • Clearer and quicker thinking
    • Faster problem-solving skills
    • Increased alertness and awareness
    • Better concentration at work or while driving
    • Sharper memory for names, numbers, and directions
  • Tongue Twisters for all Ages!
    A tongue twister is defined as a phrase or sentence that is hard to speak fast, usually because of alliteration or a sequence of nearly similar sounds. To play a game of tongue twisters, you must repeat the shorter tongue twisters three or four times rapidly from memory without stumbling.
    American Folklore Tongue Twisters

    Free, downloadable, funny tongue twisters that make working on your speech fun!